Where's Snowden? Still Lying Low
Hong Kong hasn't acted on US request to detain him
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 22, 2013 12:48 PM CDT
A bus drives past a banner supporting Edward Snowden, in Hong Kong.   (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

(Newser) – Now that the Justice Department has accused Edward Snowden of espionage and theft and asked Hong Kong to detain him, what's the holdup? "No clear answer," says the Washington Post. In other words, the stuff that lawyers dream of—a byzantine tangle of legal complications surrounding Hong Kong's ability to do so, and one that will be followed by an even greater legal mess when the Justice Department eventually asks that he be extradited. The latter could take "years" to resolve if Snowden chooses to fight it, reports the Guardian.

Of course, there's also the possibility that Hong Kong police don't know where he is, but to fix that, they'd just need to pick up the New York Times: It says that for a week now, he's been "staying in an apartment in Hong Kong’s Western neighborhood that is controlled by the Hong Kong government’s security branch." Snowden himself apparently asked to go there for his own protection "against a possible rendition attempt by the United States." Meanwhile, an Icelandic businessman says he's keeping a plane at the ready in China to zip Snowden away to Iceland at a moment's notice, notes Reuters.

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heyyouyou
Jun 23, 2013 1:56 PM CDT
" We live in the Government of Benedict Arnold. "
kj_nm
Jun 23, 2013 5:55 AM CDT
hope he speaks Russian, all the best to him wherever he ends up
Libris_Fidelis
Jun 22, 2013 11:50 PM CDT
"Out of our society's masses there are at least a few rational honest people following the trail of The Establishment's corporate maneuvers, which is Globally organized now to conspire our country into their commercial communist domination over Democracy... even if they do not see the big picture... which is globalized super wealth taking over the entire world. That is what Iraq was all about, and the so-called Spanish American War and Viet Nam et al were all about. In total it goes all the way back to the Hudson Bay Company and the English colonies, and competitive European colonialism around the world for about the past eight thousand years, and more recently, the Spanish Conquistadores after Cristobal Colon discovered the Caribbean Islands etc. etc. etc. which historic vying to be "king of the hill" has later also caused two world wars to end all but a handful of monarchies world-wide. The big picture NOW is SUPER WEALTH now on a GLOBAL SCALE! For thousands of years the ruling wealthy have learned how to herd cattle, and now they are herding human beings with social and economic punishments and rewards to brainwash them into eschewing Democracy and to enjoy their servitude to modern-day global investing commercial masters. And that elite wealth now has infiltrated and subverted EVERY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD WITHOUT ANY EXCEPTION! -- Libris Fidelis June 23, 2013"